Thread: Help pick Vetiver frag
I've been into this hobby for roughly 2 years now and have acquired a pretty nice collection and honestly haven't purchased a bottle in a few months now and don't really feel the need to get anything. The one void in my collection would be a vetiver based scent. At first i was not a fan at all, and honestly i'm still learning to appreciate it, so what i'm looking for is the following:
* Modern take on Vetiver - nothing too dated smelling, i want somethign modern/chic if possible
* Good longevity/projection - I'm no longer want to purchase frags that don't perform well, so this is a must.
* I know this is hit or miss with people, but want a vetiver that is well received by others. I know vetiver isn't really the best compliment getter, but I'd like to hear which ones have worked well when it comes to compliments.
Please feel free to check out my Swap Thread - Patou pour Homme, L'Instant de Guerlain PH Extreme, Dior Homme Intense, Pure Malt, Pure Coffee and many more! Click Here For My Swap Thread
Pick up Dior's Vetiver while you can, it's a very nice simple take on it, but very nicely done. No rough edges, nice citrus burst, and it lasts quite a bit.
Take a look at Diptique Vetyverio. Easy to digest vetiver. For me it opened the flood gates to Sycomore, Guerlain Vetiver, Creed Original Vetiver and others, basically got me interested in the note.
Alternatively take a look at Mugler Cologne. Vetiver based but for me it's too soapy.
I'm a big fan of vetiver, I think these are the most accessible and well received:
Grey Vetiver by Tom Ford - Its a very modern, fresh take on vetiver, Vetiver meets expensive soap.
Encre Noir - Two different regions of vetiver laid on top of each other. Dark and dense, i get a woods after a monsoon rain vibe from it.
Vetiver Extraordinaire by F. Malle / Tere D' Hermes by Hermes - They both do a orange / vetiver combo, Hermes is more rustic, while Malle is a well polished version.
+1 Sycomore. Very long lasting on me, and elegant with a touch of woods and smoke.
+1 on Dior Vetiver....very nice modern take on Vetiver..well made scent.
I'm really interested in Sycomore and vetiver extradinaire... anyone willing to trade off a sample with me?
I went on a similar quest recently, and it depends on whether you prefer a dark smokey earthy vetiver or a greener citrusy vetiver. Sycomore and Encre Noire are the best examples of the former. They are also much closer to real vetiver oil which smells like the breath of a handsome 30-something guy drinking Laphroaig.
Smokey scents unfortunately give me a headache so I lean more towards the lighter greener side. My absolute favourite is Vetiver Extraordinaire by Frederic Malle. It's a green grassy vetiver, but not lush "fig grove" green, it's very stark and restrained. Dior Vetiver is also fantastic, however these are both extremely expensive.
Grey Vetiver by Tom Ford is more reasonably priced and also very nice. It's more citrusy, but without losing the suave restraint of vetiver, it is very refined and wearable. Probably my recommendation to someone who's budget doesn't stretch to VE. I sometimes find it a bit shrill though.
I also recommend Comme des Garcons Vetiverru in their cologne range - it is obviously very citrusy, but is a very good price and really pleasant.
Also have a sniff of Molecule 03 which is comprised entirely of the "fractional rectification" of vetiver - vetiveryl acetate. It's helpful to smell the pure ingredient which many vetiver fragrances build upon. It's also very wearable, modern and easy to appreciate (however perfumistas turn their nose up slightly as it is just one ingredient). It lasts a long time and obviously doesn't change at all. Surprisingly I find it quite citrusy and light.
You shouldn't have a problem with longevity with any of these - vetiver is pretty persistent, clearly the woody, dark, smokey, earthy ones last longer than the fresh citrusy green ones.
To be honest no one has ever complimented me on a vetiver scent, but it's a scent worn by men who don't need compliments! It's ultra-masculine - strong and silent, commanding respect! (at least this is what I like to think as I spray it on in the morning :-D)
My favorites are:
Sycomore and Encre Noire.
Tom Ford's Grey Vetiver
Guerlain Vetiver pour Femme
Lalique Encre noir (weak longevity)
Serge Lutens Vetyver Oriental
Classic: Carven Vetiver
don't: Creed Vetyver (not a vetyver)
Carlo Corinto Vetyver
I have a feelign sycomore is going to be the one that does it for me...If anyoen is willing to trade a sample please contact me.
Grey Vetiver by Tom Ford....great lasting power.
Vetiver Tonka by Hermessence
Vetyverio by Diptyque
Sycomore by Chanel
Encre Noire by Lalique
Tom Ford Grey Vetiver
Vettiveru by CDG
Fresh citrusy vetiver:
Creed Original Vetiver
sycomore is the best vetiver scent that i smelled.
Tom Ford Grey Vetiver, which I do admire a lot, should really have been named Grey Orris. The emphasis is as much (if not more) on Orris as on Vetiver.
A very easy-to-wear vetiver is Brooks Brothers New York Gentlemen. It somehow does not get a lot of hype here, but is close to the Tom Ford in overall style, but has what I'd call a more "text-book" vetiver note than the TF. I like its understated refinement.
Creed Vetiver 1948, L'Occitanie Verveine, Chanek
Want to trade - Chanel Platinum Egoiste for Dior Eau Sauvage...
Creed Vetiver 1948, Chanel Sycomore, L'Occitanie Verveine, Guerlain Vetiver,
Spring: Guerlain: Vetiver
Summer: Adolfo Dominguez: Vetiver Hombre or Guerlain: Vetiver Sport
Fall: Givenchy: Vetyver, Guerlain: Vetiver Extreme or MPG: Racine
Winter: Lorenzo Villoresi: Vetiver or Lalique: Encre Noire
My Top '10' : (In no particular order)
- Dolce & Gabbana: Pour Homme (vtg)
- Paco Rabanne pour homme (vtg)
- Armani: Acqua di Gio Profumo
- Davidoff: Leather Blend Edp
- Ferrari: Essence Oud Edp
- Dior: Fahrenheit (vtg)
- YSL: Kouros (Fraîcheur)
- Mancera: Cedrat Boise
- MPG: Santal Noble
- Knize Ten
From dark to light (sort of)
Vetiver Extraordinaire (Malle)
Sel a Vetiver (The Different Company)
Vetiver pour Elle (Guerlain)
Odd one out: Vetiver Tonka (Hermes) - slightly gourmand twist with the Tonka, but good at what it does.
Sycomore - yes indeed. Also try Roger & Gallet Vetyver. It's an inexpensive, light vetiver. Vetiver on training wheels, you might say. I am quite fond of it.
Creed Original Vetiver
by Kilian Cruel Intentions
Bois du Portugal
Current Fall Favorites:
1. Creed - Spice & Wood
2. by Kilian - Straight to Heaven
3. Brückner - Aoud 1
4. Creed - Aventus
5. Dior - Vetiver
6. Armani Privè - Cedre Olympe
7. Ermenegildo Zegna - Haitian Vetiver
8. Ermenegildo Zegna - Javanese Patchouli
9. AJ Arabia - I
10. Les Nez - Turtle Vetiver Back
I think the BEST vetivers are the OLDEST ones. My favs are vintage Eau de Vetyver by Givenchy, vintage Guerlain Vetiver, and a modern one: Encre Noir. All amazing
Sel de Vetiver The Different Company
Grey Vetiver Tom Ford
Terre d'Hermes certainly fits what you are looking for performance-wise and is incredible smelling but I guess I never considered it a vetiver dominant fragrance (even though it contains it).
Probably from more vetiver dominant fragrances either Vetiver Extraordinaire or Sycomore are what you are looking for.
Current Top Favorites:
1) Portrait of a Lady original formula (EdP Frédéric Malle)
2) Giorgio for Men vintage/V.I.P. for Men (Giorgio Beverly Hills)
3) Dia Man vintage edt (Amouage)
4) Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz) - tie
4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie
6) Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver (Mona di Orio)
7) Captain vintage (Molyneux)
8) Tzora (Anat Fritz)
9) Javanese Patchouli (Zegna) - tie
9) Monsieur de Givenchy vintage (Givenchy) - tie
9) Coeur de Vetiver Sacré (L'Artisan) - tie
9) Polo vintage (Ralph Lauren) - tie
9) Patou pour Homme Privé (Jean Patou) - tie
9) Oud Shamash (The Different Company) - tie